A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV MAHOGANY RAFRAICHISSOIRS
A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV MAHOGANY RAFRAICHISSOIRS
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A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV MAHOGANY RAFRAICHISSOIRS

BY JOSEPH GENGENBACH, DIT CANABAS, CIRCA 1775

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A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV MAHOGANY RAFRAICHISSOIRS
BY JOSEPH GENGENBACH, DIT CANABAS, CIRCA 1775
Each shaped top with a white and grey veined marble panel and two lined circular wells flanked by oval niches, the reverse with a frieze drawer, stamped CANABAS JME
31 in. (79 cm.) high, 22 ¾ in. (58 cm.) wide, 20 in. (52 cm.) deep
Provenance
The Collection of Barbara Piasecka Johnson (according to the invoice).
Acquired from Segoura, Paris, 1995.

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Lot Essay

Joseph Gengenbach, dit Canabas (1712-1797), maître in 1766.
Joseph Gengenbach, called Canabas, was of German origin, settled in the famed Parisian Faubourg Saint-Antoine in 1755 and became maître in 1766 after working for Jean-François Oeben and Pierre Migeon. He specialized in small pieces of furniture in the fashionable goût anglais, mainly utilitarian and practical forms often of innovative conception. His furniture was executed in the best possible mahogany and his pieces, as seen in the present example, are usually characterized by the lack of ormolu mounts. He is known to have focused predominantly on tables servantes or rafraîchissoirs which could be used for service without the need for servants, and moved easily from one side of the dining-room to another. With a design that conveys unique versatility, rafraîchissoirs were meant to be placed next to individual diners so that they could serve themselves wine, with space for various utensils on the shelves and easily cleaned marble tops.
A very similar example, also stamped by Canabas, is in the Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris and is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Grands ébénistes et Menuisiers Parisiens du XVIIIe Siècle, 1740-1790, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Dec. 1955 - Feb. 1956, no. 37, pl. 17; another pair of mahogany rafraîchissoirs are in the Louvre, Paris (gift Madame Blard, 1994); and a third example by Canabas is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIème Siècle, Paris, 1989, p. 145, fig. a. A further pair was sold in these rooms, 20 October 2006, lot 813 ($192,000).

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